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Breadth of coverage but not much depth
on 23 October 2014
I bought this whilst I was studying for a professional-level diploma in garden design. It wasn't on our reading list but I did find it a useful jumping off point when looking for inspiration – there are plenty of photos to whet the appetite. The book is divided into four sections: How to Design; Choosing a Style: Making a Garden: Plant & Materials guide. There are useful pointers in terms of design taking into account the use to which the garden will be put, planning space, the desired level of maintenance, etc. and a range of garden styles are presented. There are a few garden plans but fewer than I would have expected, and the discussion of the various elements of a garden is sometimes quite poor. I found the plant & materials guide to be rather limited, particularly in relation to hard landscaping. I wasn't overly impressed by the selection of plants in the guide – you would be much better off buying plant encyclopaedia for this purpose to get a broader range of plants. Overall, I'd say the book will be more useful for beginners/amateurs mainly because, whilst it is comprehensive in the areas covered, it lacks depth.